Category: Politics

Local campaigners’ open letter to local MPs – ‘Stop the UK / US Trade Deal’

Local campaigners have claimed in an open letter to local MPs that there are issues that could arise if the UK does a trade deal with the USA following Brexit.

The open letter, sent to all Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire MPs, was been signed by five local groups.

It called on MPs to oppose the proposed trade deal because of the groups’ concerns about its impact on the NHS, food standards and action on climate change, amongst other issues.

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RSPCA urges people in Bedfordshire to act now to save animal welfare post-Brexit

The RSPCA is urging people in Bedfordshire to lobby their MPs to vote to ban lower welfare imports when the Agriculture Bill returns to the Commons on Thursday (1 October 2020).

The RSPCA said that a failure by MPs to support it will leave the UK facing a flood of imports such as chlorinated chicken, eggs from hens kept in barren battery cages, pork from pigs reared in sow stalls and hormone beef – products made to welfare standards that are illegal in the UK.

A government spokesperson said:

“Our manifesto commitment could not be clearer – we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.”

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Independent candidate visits Marston Moretaine

Mid Bedfordshire’s Independent Candidate, Alan Victor, was in Marston Moretaine on Friday (29 November 2019).

It was part of his tour of the constituency, asking people what they want from their parliamentary representative. He said:

“At least 90% of people I talk to say they are not happy with politicians. Many say it in much stronger words!

“I feel the same and that is why I decided to stand in the general election. I would like to send a message to the politicians but I can only do it with your help.”

Alan told the Chronicle that many of the people he has spoken to are unhappy because they see politicians as an obstacle to getting out of the EU, which they voted for in the 2016 referendum.

“Many others are unhappy because they feel their voice isn’t being heard and the politicians are leading us down a path against their interests.”

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Labour Candidate challenges Central Beds Council to hold developers to account

Rhiannon Meades, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Bedfordshire, has written to Councillor James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, calling on him and the Council to hold developers to account.

This follows complaints and concerns that have been expressed to Rhiannon by residents across Mid Bedfordshire. Labour say that developers often do not complete the community provision, including sometimes even roads, when they have finished building the houses or industrial units on which they make their profits.

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Labour Candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire welcomes Manifesto

Rhiannon Meades, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire has enthusiastically welcomed Labour’s 2019 Manifesto.

Speaking after Jeremy Corbyn launched the manifesto in Birmingham on Thursday (21 November 2019), Rhiannon said:

“Labour’s manifesto is the most radical for many generations. It will transform our country. It is brimming with fantastic policies that are both popular and essential if we are going to address the climate emergency, end austerity and invest in our public services, tackle poverty and inequality and create a fairer economy that works for the many not the few.”

Labour says that its programme speaks directly to local needs and is fully costed

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Labour candidate says broadband as an entitlement will benefit Mid Beds

Labour’s Mid Beds parliamentary candidate, Rhiannon Meades has welcomed the party’s bold announcement that in government it will undertake a massive upgrade in the UK’s internet infrastructure, delivering internet connections for everyone.

The roll out will begin with communities that have the worst broadband access. Such as rural and remote communities and some inner city areas. These will be followed by towns and smaller centres.

The plan will be paid for through Labour’s Green Transformation fund and taxing multinational corporations such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. Labour says that this will save the average person £30.30 a month.

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Election candidates told to “make our streets safer” in new ‘A Manifesto for Walking’

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is urging all the political parties to prioritise safer streets in the upcoming election. It has released ‘A Manifesto for Walking’, today (18 November), which is also the start of Road Safety Week (18 – 24 November).

It wants politicians to commit long-term funding for walking and back stronger laws to create cleaner, safer and less congested streets.

The road safety pioneers celebrate their 90th anniversary this year and its early campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits.

The charity says that 26,000 people are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year and 36,000 premature deaths a year are attributable to air pollution. It adds that physical inactivity is costing the NHS £1.1 billion a year. Living Streets believes a better walking environment can be part of the solution.

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Renew candidate goes Independent

Alan Victor, who announced last month that he would standing as a Renew Party candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire will now be standing as an Independent.

He did not want to stand for a party that advocates a people’s vote as the residents in Mid Beds have not been asked if this was what they wanted.

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